Columbus man facing child exploitation charges

A Columbus man is being accused of sending pornographic images of a child over social media.

39-year-old Nicholas D. Hickman was arrested on preliminary felony charges of child exploitation and sexual battery according to Columbus police reports.

The investigation started Friday morning after Columbus police received a tip about a man sending the images and descriptions of sexual acts involving a child. Detectives traced the information to Hickman and served a search warrant, seizing evidence.

The investigation is ongoing. If you have any information in the case, you are asked to contact the Columbus Police Department at 812-376-2600.